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Innocence Project Says DOJ is Turning Dangerously Away From Ensuring that Forensic Testimony is Guided by …

Fifty-five-year-old Jimmy Genrich of Grand Junction, Colorado, has been in prison for nearly 25 years for series of bombings he has long said he did not commit. His conviction for the bombings that terrified residents of Grand Junction was based primarily on something called explosives toolmark analysis, a pattern-matching process akin to the controversial art of bite mark analysis, which provided the only physical evidence connecting Genrich to the crimes.

In a deeply-researched longread for the The Nation, Meehan Crist and Tim Requarth wrote about Genrich’s case, which has been taken up by the Innocence Project. In the course of their research, the reporters examined thousands of pages of trial transcripts, and interviewed dozens of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and scientists, which let them to conclude there was “a startling lack of scientific support for forensic pattern-matching techniques such as toolmark analysis,” that our legal system “has failed to

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I Sent an Innocent Man to Prison | The Marshall Project

I can picture Kia now at the defense table, slumped down, doodling on a pad. I was reading his body language, and he just didn’t seem to care about what was going on. I thought, if he doesn’t care, why should we? His attitude seemed to say: Yeah, I did it.

It was my first time on a jury. I was 31, balancing two jobs while going to graduate school. It was 2009, New Orleans was infested with crime, and I remember feeling like I wanted to be part of justice. During jury selection, the prosecutors asked if I could convict someone based on the testimony of a single eyewitness, and I said, in theory, I could.

Read more at: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/02/22/i-sent-an-innocent-man-to-prison

Illinois Innocence Project Clears Man Once Accused Of 1995 Fatal Arson

An Illinois man was found “not guilty” today for an arson case dating back to 1995. Bill Amor already spent 22 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

Amor lived in Naperville in an apartment he shared with his wife and her mother. A fire at that apartment  in 1995 killed his mother-in-law.  Amor says he was at a movie with his wife when the fire broke out. Law enforcement at the time immediately pinned Amor as a suspect.

He spent two weeks in jail and after hours of grueling questioning, he gave in and offered a false confession. That’s what a lawyer for the Illinois Innocence Project, Lauren Kaeseberg, says.

“Bill wanted to make the questioning stop, which is the phenomena we see with false confessions,” she said. “He presumably thought this would all work itself out later. He was psychologically traumatized.”

Kaeseberg

Read more at: http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-innocence-project-clears-man-once-accused-1995-fatal-arson

Illinois Innocence Project Clears Man Once Accused Of 1995 Fatal …

An Illinois man was found “not guilty” today for an arson case dating back to 1995. Bill Amor already spent 22 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

Amor lived in Naperville in an apartment he shared with his wife and her mother. A fire at that apartment  in 1995 killed his mother-in-law.  Amor says he was at a movie with his wife when the fire broke out. Law enforcement at the time immediately pinned Amor as a suspect.

He spent two weeks in jail and after hours of grueling questioning, he gave in and offered a false confession. That’s what a lawyer for the Illinois Innocence Project, Lauren Kaeseberg, says.

“Bill wanted to make the questioning stop, which is the phenomena we see with false confessions,” she said. “He presumably thought this would all work itself out later. He was psychologically traumatized.”

Kaeseberg

Read more at: http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-innocence-project-clears-man-once-accused-1995-fatal-arson

The Irish Innocence project: how American lawyers helped bring justice to Northern Ireland

The Lawyers Alliance for Justice in Ireland came to Ireland to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the Bar whom we perceived to be on the front lines of justice.

“Better to Light One Candle Than to Curse the Darkness”

From February 1992 through the end of 2002, more than 125 American lawyers, judges, professors, law students and activists traveled to Northern Ireland, at their own expense, to observe Diplock Court trials, cooperate with Irish and British lawyers, meet with judges, including Lord Chief Justices, visit prisons and community centers and participate in community justice inquiries.

Why did we come, what did we do and what did we find?

Why the Irish Innocence project came to Northern Ireland

Pat Finucane.

Pat Finucane.

American lawyers came to Ireland to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the Bar whom we perceived to be on the front

Read more at: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/thenorth/irish-innocence-project-american-lawyers-justice-northern-ireland

Wisconsin Innocence Project moves for new trial in shaken-baby homicide case Motion claims Decatur man received …

By Ryan Broege, Editor –

The Wisconsin Innocence Project has filed for a motion to re-open the case against Casey Shelton, who was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of his twin son Christopher.

A jury convicted Casey Shelton of first-degree reckless homicide on Jan. 17, 2009, and Green County Judge Thomas Vale sentenced him to 40 years imprisonment and 10 years extended supervision.

Pick up this week’s print edition for full story….

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From the Perspective of an Innocence Project Exoneree


Elijah Craig III/The Innocence Project

Randall Mills

Lambda Alpha Epsilon invites students to hear Randall Mills speak about his experiences with the legal and correctional systems and his work with the Innocence Project at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Giffels Auditorium on the second floor of Old Main.

Randall Mills was wrongfully convicted in January 2000 of rape and battery. After more than a decade in

Read more at: https://news.uark.edu/articles/40554/from-the-perspective-of-an-innocence-project-exoneree

How The Ohio Innocence Project Is Working to Free the Wrongfully …

Farron Cousins is joined by Mark Godsey, professor at University of Cincinnati College of Law and director of The Ohio Innocence Project, to discuss what is being done to help innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted.

Transcript:

Farron Cousins:
Yeah, there’s absolutely no question whatsoever that the justice system in the United States is deeply flawed. Not only are we allowing white collar criminals to get away with murder and sometimes that’s quite literal, but the rate at which innocent people are going to prison should give every law abiding citizen a reason to be worried. Joining me now to discuss the problem of wrongful convictions is Mark Godsey. He’s the author of the new book Blind Injustice, a law professor at University of Cincinnati, director of the Innocence Project of Ohio. Mark, thank you for joining us today and I

Read more at: https://trofire.com/2018/02/18/ohio-innocence-project-working-free-wrongfully-convicted/

How The Ohio Innocence Project Is Working to Free the Wrongfully Convicted

Farron Cousins is joined by Mark Godsey, professor at University of Cincinnati College of Law and director of The Ohio Innocence Project, to discuss what is being done to help innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted.

Transcript:

Farron Cousins:
Yeah, there’s absolutely no question whatsoever that the justice system in the United States is deeply flawed. Not only are we allowing white collar criminals to get away with murder and sometimes that’s quite literal, but the rate at which innocent people are going to prison should give every law abiding citizen a reason to be worried. Joining me now to discuss the problem of wrongful convictions is Mark Godsey. He’s the author of the new book Blind Injustice, a law professor at University of Cincinnati, director of the Innocence Project of Ohio. Mark, thank you for joining us today and I

Read more at: https://trofire.com/2018/02/18/ohio-innocence-project-working-free-wrongfully-convicted/

Corona woman once freed by Innocence Project won’t be back behind bars, judge rules – Press

A Corona woman freed from prison in 2016 after a judge tossed her conviction and ordered a new trial in the 2003 bludgeoning death of her boyfriend, will remain free on bail.

A tentative appellate opinion reversing the ruling that had released Kimberly Long carries no legal weight, Riverside County Judge Patrick Magers ruled Friday, Feb. 9.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office argued that the tentative decision in Long’s case by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two raised concerns that Long might skip her $50,000 bail.

Long’s attorneys from the California Innocence Project, which is dedicated to the release of wrongfully convicted inmates, argued that there was no legal precedent to revoke her bail and send her back to prison.

Magers ruled in 2016 that Long had an ineffective defense attorney in her second trial and released her on bail, pending appeal. Long had been in prison since 2009.

“Based upon

Read more at: http://www.pe.com/2018/02/09/corona-woman-once-freed-by-innocence-project-wont-back-behind-bars/